As part of the Captain America: Civil War press junket, we were able to interview Emily VanCamp as Agent 13. Like all the other interviews from this trip, this one was no different–it was amazing. She's beautiful, sweet, and elegant.
Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, Sharon Carter
She was actually our first interview of the day and all 25 of us bloggers were anxiously sitting in the hotel room waiting for her to arrive. We were so excited but didn't quite know what to expect either so I think there was quite a bit of nervous energy flowing as well. As soon as Emily entered the room it was like that excited/nervous feeling was washed over by excited/comfort. She was so warm and friendly. Her first comment after entering the room was, “Oh, I'm so happy to see women!” The excitement never left but being in her presence was instantly friendly.
We had her Funko Pop figure sitting on the table and it was the first time she had seen it out of the box.
Q: How does it feel to have a Pop figure?
Emily: “It's hilarious. I think she's pretty cool. I mean, that's awesome. I gotta get one for my mom…”
Q: You kicked some serious butt in the film. Can you tell us about your training?
Emily: “It's just a lot of working out really. I mean I had already sort of done some training for Revenge so it was like an easier segue into the films, but, you want to go into these movies feeling really strong… and I want to be able to keep up really… We were wrapping Revenge while I started training for the movie which is very interesting and I kind of realized how much I should have done that for Revenge. I mean I was fit doing Revenge, but I was like, oh, this is another level. …I was a dancer so all that physical activity is great and sort of helps with the sequences and stuff because ultimately it's choreography. So, yeah, I hope to get to do more of it.”
Q: Was there any scene that was particularly difficult for you?
Emily: “I wouldn't say difficult. I think in these movies you just don't wanna screw it up, you know what I mean? Everyone is bringing their A game… it's very rare that you go into a movie almost already knowing it's going to be great and successful because historically they've been so successful… Everyone's so kind and generous and the Russo Brothers have always made me feel so comfortable. So I wouldn't say difficult, you just want to do the best job you can.”
Q: How do you feel knowing you're going down in history as Agent 13?
Emily: “It's really cool. Being part of this universe is really a special thing especially with the movies that they're making and how good they are… I'm really happy to do it with the people I'm doing it with because, as I said, everyone's great and super talented… These movies could have been very, sort of, ‘surface level', but what I love about Marvel is how they delve into the characters. They sort of give us the freedom as well to create a version of the character that hopefully the fans will like and it's really a fun process. So the fact that people love the movies in like an extra bonus.”
Q: What of you went into the character?
Emily: “What I love about Sharon is her moral compass. I think she has a really strong moral compass and I think that's what her and Steve initially sort of identify with each other and ultimately, in the comic books, it led to a very complicated relationship, but there's gotta be something that … brings them together as well as their love of Peggy. I think there's an initial trust there that maybe he doesn't have with anyone else and maybe she doesn't have with anyone else.
So I really enjoyed that but in terms of what I identify with, I love a girl with a strong moral compass and a lot of integrity. I think she really has that and I think you see her struggle with that within this film… Is she going to follow her head or her heart?”
Q: Did you have any favorite super heroes growing up?
Emily: “Someone else asked me that earlier and I was trying to think… I was obsessed with the Ninja Turtles, I'm not going to lie. I was one like four years in a row for Halloween and I was trying to figure out if they even count as super heroes. I don't know–but that was my thing… I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle. I think I was Donatello one year and then Michelangelo for like three years because I love pizza.”
Haha, she's a girl after my own heart!
Q: Tell us about the kiss…
Emily: “…It's kind of refreshing to to see Captain in a more intimate situation and… they have chemistry. You know… it's just sort of–it was there in The Winter Soldier I would say so it's kind of nice to see it finally happen.”
Q: How do you feel knowing you're going to be a role model for girls?
Emily: “…I hate it when you hear actors or musicians or people in the public eye say that they have no obligation to be any sort of role model. It's not like you have an obligation but you have a choice, and why wouldn't you choose to empower young women… and use yourself as a vehicle when you have a voice to, to kind of inspire that? I don't see why you wouldn't… It's not a responsibility but it's something I feel connected to. I have three sisters. I have wonderful women in my life and I just want to see girls have the best opportunities they possibly can and if I can inspire that in the tiniest way, I don't see why I wouldn't.”
Wow. What a doll! She's humble and so kind. She really is the perfect match for Captain America. Once again, and as always, well done Marvel!
Captain America: Civil War in theaters this Friday, May 6th!
A huge thanks to Emily VanCamp for taking the time to answer our questions and being such a wonderful person!